Explosive Eighteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

Kobo ebook | November 22, 2011

byJanet Evanovich

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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg's The Heist.

Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum’s life is set to blow sky high when international murder hits dangerously close to home, in this dynamite novel by Janet Evanovich.
 
Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127 Hawaii to Newark, she’s knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, and she’s flying back to New Jersey solo. Worse still, her seatmate never returned to the plane after the L.A. layover. Now he’s dead, in a garbage can, waiting for curbside pickup. His killer could be anyone. And a ragtag collection of thugs and psychos, not to mention the FBI, are all looking for a photograph the dead man was supposed to be carrying.
 
Only one other person has seen the missing photo—Stephanie Plum. Now she’s the target, and she doesn’t intend to end up in a garbage can. With the help of an FBI sketch artist Stephanie re-creates the person in the photo. Unfortunately the first sketch turns out to look like Tom Cruise, and the second sketch like Ashton Kutcher. Until Stephanie can improve her descriptive skills, she’ll need to watch her back.
 
Over at the bail bonds agency things are going from bad to worse. The bonds bus serving as Vinnie’s temporary HQ goes up in smoke. Stephanie’s wheelman, Lula, falls in love with their largest skip yet. Lifetime arch nemesis Joyce Barnhardt moves into Stephanie’s apartment. And everyone wants to know what happened in Hawaii?
 
Morelli, Trenton’s hottest cop, isn’t talking about Hawaii. Ranger, the man of mystery, isn’t talking about Hawaii.  And all Stephanie is willing to say about her Hawaiian vacation is . . . It’s complicated.

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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg's The Heist.Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum’s life is set to blow sky high when international murder hits dangerously close to home, in this dynamite novel by Janet Evanovich.   Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127 Hawaii to Newark, she’s knee deep...

Janet Evanovich was born on April 22, 1943 in South River, New Jersey. She received a bachelor's degree in art from Douglas College, which is part of Rutgers University. She was working as a secretary for a temporary employment agency when she sold her first romance novel, Hero at Large, which was published in 1987 under the pseudonym ...

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:November 22, 2011Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great fun Once again Stephanie risks life and limb to get her quarry, with hilarious results. This time underground explosives make for part of the action.
Date published: 2015-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Explosive Eighteen As ever I loved the humour and adventure
Date published: 2014-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great one Janet never fails me mirth and murder, a favorite combination
Date published: 2014-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Explosive eighteen I love these books! Stephanie is always getting into binds that are entertaining. And Lula is always fun. She cracks me up!
Date published: 2014-06-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An Avid Reader Good as always. Fun read for fiction lovers.
Date published: 2014-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Avid Reader The usual fun and frolic you can expect from a Stephanie Plum novel, love it!
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read As usual...entertaining...love when Ranger is active ;)
Date published: 2014-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read I absolutely love Janet's writing style! She is funny, sassy and mysterious. Her characters are vivid and lovable and she writes about them as if they were friends of hers. I can't wait to get to her next novel and wish the one I am reading would never end!
Date published: 2013-10-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from More Plum Fun! Stephanie Plum has plenty of FTA's to catch after returning from her trip, but her capture ratio is low! While this should be a top priority since rent needs to be paid, Steph's far more concerned with all the interested parties wanting to question her about a missing photograph. Yet, all her family and friends seem to care about is what exactly happened on her Hawaiian vacation. And that's one thing she does not want to talk about! Meanwhile a problem with the bonds bus forces Vincent Plum Bail Bonds to seek yet another location. Now Steph has to sort out this photo mess without getting killed and still earn enough money to make ends meet. Picking up shortly after the (small) cliff-hanger at the end of Smokin' Seventeen, Explosive Eighteen changes things up a bit by having two fun mysteries that don't even involve the bonds office. And those are on top of Steph and Lula's hilarious adventures in Bounty Hunting! I personally found this deviation from the normal formula to be fun and refreshing. I also really liked that we got a direct continuation of the story from the last installment. Often the Plum books are fairly self-contained, but I'm a fan of the continuing arc. I've read complaints about Steph's back and forth between Morelli and Ranger, and the fact that she hasn't improved much as a Bounty Hunter in all these years. While both these issues are still present, what was different in book 18 is that Stephanie seems to have realized that it's time to make a choice and some improvements. Yay for progress! And it wouldn't be a Plum novel without the many laugh-out-loud moments, which were in full supply in Explosive Eighteen. I found Lula was especially hilarious this time around. With some fun mysteries and hilarious antics, Explosive Eighteen is one of my favourite Plum adventures in quite a few numbers! BONUS! The hardcover edition of Explosive Eighteen contains the cutest tear-out 2012 Plum calendar!
Date published: 2011-11-22